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Tri County Cooperative Weed Management Area
Affiliated Counties or Partnership
Wallowa, Union, Baker
 Tri-County CWMA

Tara Barkes, Director
1995 33rd St, Baker city, OR  97814
Phone: 541-523-2740
Email:  tara@tricountycwma.org
The following questions were answered by cooperators as part of an Oregon CWMA survey project in 2009.
CWMA Mission
The purpose of the Tri-County Cooperative Weed Management Area is to facilitate cooperation among all land managers and landowners to manage a common problem with noxious weeds.  Our mission being to serve as responsible stewards of the land resources in the state of Oregon by protecting and preserving all lands and resources in the Tri-County area from the degrading impact of exotic, invasive noxious weeds.  
List the Cooperators involved in your CWMA.
BLM, USFS, ODFW, NRCS, Baker County, Union County, Wallowa County, SWCDs, Forest Capitol LLC & Wallowa Resources.
What makes the structure of your CWMA successful?
We are a "Special District of Oregon" which allows federal agencies to enter into assistance agreements and us much more easier than non governmental entities.  We have a long list of cooperators and the networking/coordination between agencies is great.
What is the highest priority species in your area?
Rush skeletonweed or meadow hawkweed depending on what part of the CWMA you're looking at. 
Describe your most valuable outreach/education tool.
Holding landowner/community information meetings throughout the area addressing noxious weed concerns specific to each area. 
What are some of your most successful on the ground accomplishments?
1.  Containment (slowing to a crawl) of rush skeletonweed in the eastern section (border with Idaho).
2.  Containment of Alder Creek leafy spurge and rehabilitation of old sites. 
List your highest priority on the ground projects and why they are high priority.
Yellow starthistle along the slopes of Mt. Harris/Mt. Fanny-the Grande Ronde River is directly at the bottom of this slope, and is critical habitat for T&E salmonid species.  This project helps minimize sedimentation/water quality issues.  Also, this is critical winter range for large ungulates (elk and mule deer).
Leafy spurge and rush skeletonweed projects - both aiding in protection of critical winter range for wildlife, as well as livestock grazing on good condition rangeland. 
What would you say is your CWMA's largest obstacle in the way of achieving your mission?
Stable and reliable funding!
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